Adams, deceptive Packers' offense impressing Williams in OTAs

Take it from Tramon Williams: Davante Adams and the Packers' offense are looking good in OTAs.

-- You think most defensive backs in the NFL have it hard covering Davante Adams on a weekly basis?

Try doing it in practice in a helmet and shorts.

The Green Bay Packers' most lethal weapon at the wide receiver position is coming off of his first 1,000-yard season in 2018 -- and he's only getting better.

Adams' steady rise from second-round pick who battled an ankle injury in his second season and endured the rallying cries of fans demanding he be benched, to one of the most dynamic receivers in football with what may be the most explosive release off the line of scrimmage has been well-documented.

Take it from Tramon Williams, the Packers' elder statesman at 36 years old.

Williams saw flashes of what Adams was capable of in 2014, Williams' last season with the team before he and the Packers reconvened in 2018 on a two-year deal. Like almost everyone who lines up across from Adams on Sunday, Williams can't help but admire the team's leading receiver.

Adams' ability to consistently beat press coverage and effortlessly change direction makes him a unique, near-uncoverable threat.

"You don't get a lot of guys who can actually do that," Williams told Packers.com after Wednesday's public practice. "That's special. Not a lot of guys can do that. If you go back and watch a lot of receivers, there aren't going to be a lot of receivers able to get out of their hips like that.

"I think we had only maybe one other receiver who was able to get out of their hips that smooth over the years. I say that was Greg [Jennings] at that point; 'Tae is a little more explosive, Greg was a little more smooth. It's a rare thing. That's why it's hard for a defensive back to see that."

Defending Adams is a chore in itself. As someone who continues to perfect the art of beating the opposition from the start of the route to the stem where Adams is typically the recipient of some kind of back-shoulder connection from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, his arsenal is seemingly limitless.

Williams has seen all kinds of receiving talent blow through Green Bay since he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Packers in 2006. The likes of Jennings, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb, James Jones: yet, Adams remains in rare company.

There's also art to defending players like Adams as well, as impossible as it may seem -- even if you're at an odds with your back to the wall.

"The receiver always has one stick; we're taught to read the receiver's stick. He's going to give you a little stutter, then he's going to get you to stick, and when he sticks, he's usually going the opposite way. With a guy like that, this guy usually gives you more than one stick.

"How do you read that? Do you go for the first stick or do you go for the second stick? It's something that a lot of guys can't do, that's what makes it special."

Adams is just one of several components to what is very much slated to be a flourishing offensive unit under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur in 2019. Adams will have opportunities created for him via the new concepts that will be implemented through the remainder of OTAs and into minicamp, but he'll also be able to create his own with his unmatched technique.

"They deceived us all day today, man," Williams said of the Packers offense that reportedly put on a show in front of the public crowd this week. "They have a good tempo going to the offense right now, and they continue to show a little every day. They haven't given us the full throttle each and every day, but they've given us a little bit every day.

"Offense is looking good. I think it's going to complement what we want to do from a defensive standpoint and, hopefully, they can put pressure on other teams so we can get turnovers on our side."

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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NickPerry's picture

May 30, 2019 at 06:24 am

To think I wanted the Packers to draft Allen Robinson instead of Adams too. All Adams has done since he got here is get better and better each year and made himself one of if not the most difficult WR to cover off the LOS.

98 days until Kickoff!!

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stockholder's picture

May 30, 2019 at 07:18 am

I wanted Cody Latimer before Adams. Seems Latimer had a foot problem. Adams didn't. But Adams light went on. And he deserves everything he worked for. EVERYTHING! My biggest mistake was misjudging him. I claimed preference over others. I was wrong. It was obvious he improved. He only needed confidence. And maybe a little less pre-judgement. Especially from me. If he continues to concentrate on catching the ball. He will surpass any WR the packers have had. He is are #1 threat. His character has been outstanding. I believe Adams can achieve any goal now. It's up to Rodgers to get him the ball. He is one of the best Green Bay Wrs the packers have ever drafted.

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Since'61's picture

May 30, 2019 at 08:56 am

Nick - it just proves why we're not NFL GMs. Even is declining health TT was still better than any of us armchair, 20/20 hindsight GMs would be.

Speaking for myself I don't have time to be a draftnik, but even if was I wouldn't come close to what GMs and their scouting departments can do.
BTW, I liked Allen Robinson at the time as well. But I'm happier that we have Davante now. Thanks, Since '61

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 30, 2019 at 10:53 am

There would have been nothing wrong had we taken Allen Robinson. He is also a very good receiver. Robinson has had the misfortune to play only with indifferent QBs in Blake Bortles for four years and Trubisky for one year. Robinson was drafted 61st and Adams with the 53rd pick. Someone mentioned Cody Latimer (56th pick) and he was a bust. I coveted Donte Moncrief and would have taken a 3rd or 4th round flier on Martavis Bryant (red flags scared me off from anything better than our 3rd round comp pick, who turned out to be Richard Rodgers). Moncrief has not been nearly as good as Adams.

Strangely enough, SF drafted Latimer but traded him for the 63rd, a fifth and a future fourth. Even more unlikely, SF also drafted Robinson in that same draft but traded him for a third and a fifth. SF ended up with Bruce Ellington in the 4th, who hasn't done much in the NFL.

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ILPackerBacker's picture

May 30, 2019 at 11:46 am

Get a dartboard and a blind fold

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Rossonero's picture

May 30, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Nick, agreed. I'd like to go back and look at comments from the 2015 season when Adams was struggling though. I remember in fantasy football how many people had given up on him.

I know we were all disappointed with him in 2015, but I'm sure at least a few people were on here claiming we should cut him. Just goes to show, especially for WRs that it's year 3, not year 2 when they really start to shine.

Adams flashed in 2014, struggled in 2015 and then regained his form in 2016 and continued to grow from there.

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Handsback's picture

May 30, 2019 at 07:46 am

Hopefully, Adams will be able to pass along some of his moves and sticks to the young corp of receivers.

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stockholder's picture

May 30, 2019 at 12:13 pm

The moves are speed moves. You can't pass that along. It was easy to see that improvement in Adams. The other was Arron Rodgers throwing to his left hand.

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PeteK's picture

May 30, 2019 at 09:13 am

I think our young receivers will take a big step forward this year because our improved defense and offensive line will give them more opportunities.You forgot to mention Nelson in that group of receivers that Williams had to cover.

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fthisJack's picture

May 30, 2019 at 09:21 am

i was thinking the same thing...u beat me to it!

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fthisJack's picture

May 30, 2019 at 09:22 am

the thing about Nelson!

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TXCHEESE's picture

May 30, 2019 at 10:43 am

Can't help but feel, the new offensive scheme will also sharpen the defense as well. They had seen the McCarthy offense year after year, and maybe, just maybe got a little too comfortable defending it in TC. If the young receivers can emulate what Adams can do at the line of scrimmage, the offensive will be absolutely deadly.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

May 30, 2019 at 11:08 am

"(Adams) endured the rallying cries of fans demanding he be benched"

LOL

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IceBowl's picture

May 30, 2019 at 11:23 am

The best thing I read is William's saying.... ""They deceived us all day today, man," (O)

That is very good news.

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PeteK's picture

May 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Yes, however on the flip side , why is a veteran getting fooled that badly. LOL

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stockholder's picture

May 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

There is no flip flopping in GB. Only right or wrong. Was Williams playing safety or CB?

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IceBowl's picture

May 30, 2019 at 07:10 pm

PeteK,

Deception, options, and especially recognizing where/who the ball should go to. And that next piece, delivering the ball there.

35 points a game. Pound it down their throats every play/possession.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

May 30, 2019 at 08:37 pm

I see I'm not the only one willing to openly admit I was wrong about Davante. And I'm so glad to be wrong.

I hope in 2 years I'll be proven wrong about King being too brittle to become an asset for us who actually plays 13-16 games a year.

How many games did Richard Sherman miss his first 5 seasons?

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IceBowl's picture

May 30, 2019 at 08:41 pm

EddieLeeIvory,

I so agree with you.

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